Based on transcriptions of witch interrogations from early modern times, the work presents a regionally-differentiated documentation and examination of German official language. The 54 representative transcripts from witch interrogation trials between 1580 and 1650, edited here for the first time, were taken from Swiss, German, and Austrian archives in order to best represent all language regions of the German-speaking area. Because the interrogations were carried out and recorded according to a schematized list of questions, this corpus represents a unique source for examining regional official language.
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